• Kingsport Ballet Restages Centennial Production Seeds of Change

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    March 01, 2018

    Press Release Seeds of Change. Contatct: Bertina Dew

    dewbertina@gmail.com, 423-863-1280




    Kingsport, TN – Kingsport Ballet, under the direction of Valeria Sinyavskaya, prepares to re-stage

    contemporary ballet, Seeds of Change, along with the Dream Act in Don Quixote, April 12-15, 2018 at

    Eastman's Toy F. Reid Employee Center.

    The Production:

    Seeds of Change is made up of contemporary choreography exploring themes relevant to 1917, the

    year of Kingsport's founding. The ballet explores some of the realities of that time in history, through a

    warm story set in the East Tennessee meadows that become an industrial city.

    Dream act from Don Quixote is Act II, Scene II of the ballet classic. This act represents Don Quixote's

    dream. In the full ballet, Don Quixote is a Spanish gentleman who often dreams of being a knight

    engaged in passionate battles. After imagining such a battle, where he is wounded in combat, he enters

    a majestic garden where the object of his love, Dulcinea, dances surrounded by beautiful nymphs and


    Concept of Seeds of Change: Kingsport Ballet, in collaboration with various artists, created

    choreography, backdrops and costumes relevant to our city's centennial. “By exploring societal changes

    present in this time-period we transport the audience to 1917, highlighting the charm as well and the

    challenges of that time through dance,” explains choreographer Erika Ballard.

    As men were sent to fight in WWI, women sought employment opportunities in growing cities, such as

    Kingsport. This influx of non-traditional workers grew urban populations, gave fuel to increased social

    rights of women, and laid the foundation for an industrial boom that propelled the nation into the

    leading industrial world leader. In Kingsport specifically, this is seen with the arrival of the railroad, the

    growth of business and industry, and the migration to the city from farmland.

    Artists and Organizations Involved: Kingsport Ballet artists Valeria Sinyavskaya, Bertina Dew, and

    chief choreographer Erika Ballard have collaborated with guest artists, such as Lyvan Verdecia of

    Ballet Hispanico, Akop Akopian with Ellison Ballet Academy as well as local teachers, artists and

    musicians, in creating this short, contemporary ballet. Guest artist Leonid Flegmatov will perform the

    lead male roles. Mr. Flegmatov is a principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet. He graduated from the

    Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. He is a frequent teacher and performer with Kingsport Ballet.


    Seeds of Change and Dream will be performed at Eastman's Toy F. Reid Auditorium.


    Tickets are on sale now ($20 adults, $16 students/seniors, $10 for children 5 and under and

    college students. Tickets may be purchased through the company's facebook page or website, or by

    calling Kingsport Ballet 423-378-3967.

    School Performance 
    Thursday, April 12th at 10am. Free of charge for students with one free

    chaperone per school or homeschooled group. All other adults $10.

    Educational Materials

    Students and teachers will receive educational workbooks free of charge.

    Kingsport Ballet is funded in part by general operations from the Tennessee Arts Commission, as well as by the City of Kingsport, Massengil De-Friece Foundation and TAC/Funds for at Risk Youth for outreach programs. Please visit their website for a full listing of corporate sponsors.